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Is It Safe To Use Regular Mouthwash 2 Weeks After A Gum Graft
Replacement of lost gum tissue with gum tissue from another part of your mouth. Different techniques available depending on the area and the reason the gum tissue was lost. Most commonly done to cover sensitive or exposed unattractive roots and defects in the tissue hampering your ability to clean the area, and to help maintain the bone around the tooth, ...Read more
What can cause alloderm graft failure? I am thinking about alloderm for esthetic dental work, following advise by my dentist. I need a gum graft on my front two bottom teeth. He explained the procedure to me, it looks pretty safe but he mentioned that gra
What is your goal?: Is your goal to add gum or connective tissue below the recession or cover exposed root. The answer to this question will determine the technique and graft material. Covering avascular root surface is not 100% predictable no matter what technique is used. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
I have recently had an alloderm gum graft two weeks ago. There was a white substance up to the tooth which fell of yesterday. Has my graft fallen off?
Alloderm: The white substance is the alloderm and it is quite common for some of it to become exposed during the healing process. It is possible that the excess has sloughed off which could be fine. It is also possible you have lost the whole graft. I would recommend you consult with your dentist as soon as possible ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cracks in tooth.I need crown.Have recession at base-not interested in gum graft. Dr. says he can make crown go down to cover expsd root.Safe for root?
Usually: We do this all the time and in itself there is no more danger to the tooth. However, not being able to clinically examine you nor see x-rays of the tooth I can only make a generalization on the safety of the procedure and cannot tell you what would be the best treatment for you for your particular situation. If you question the treatment you can go for a second opinion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a gum graft on the lingual side of my gums be successful? Or does the tongue prevent healing? Two periodontists disagree on the potential result
More challenging: Grafts of the lingual (tongue) side can be done. Healing can be more challenging and less predictable. If you are in need, consult with a third periodontist. ...Read more
Yes: Not a common area for a graft, but it is possible. First find out why the tissue has receeded and address that problem first. See a prosthodontist for this. See the periodontist for the evaluation for the graft. Typically, they will work as a team. Many good ones in n.J. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on Size: Both grafting techniques have advantages. If you need a graft just on one tooth, the palatal wound of the donor site isn't too bad. In fact, most patients will come report that the roof of the mouth was not a big deal. If you need 3 or more teeth in a row grafted, you may want to consider the alloderm. ...Read more
Both: Both grafts are highly successful. There really is not a "better" one. I do these grafts all week long, and they are appropriate for different tissue types and areas, as well as different patients. Depending on the size, and location of the recipient site, one may be indicated where the other is not. Consult your periodontist and they can advise you which is better for a particular situation! ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Maybe: It is fairly common for a graft to differ in appearance from the adjacent tissue. If you can get back to the original surgeon for evaluation, that's the best way to be sure. Failing that, go to another dentist to have it examined. I have seen several that appear fairly white many years later ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
One healing site: With alloderm, you don't need to have tissue removed from the roof of your mouth, so you only have one surgical site that needs to heal as opposed to two sites. ...Read more
YES, IF?: How long ago was it done? Let it heal for 2 weeks and should be good to go. Why not ask the dentist who did it how long to wait? ...Read more
Variable: The dentist can make the gums look normal but it depends what the surgery looks like. Sometimes free gingival grafts can look like a patch on a tire. There are techniques to blend the tissue so it looks like the patch was never there. Often the procedure can be done so there are no esthetic concerns at all. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Just recently had gum graft surgery, looks like my gums are still receding, worry that the graft didn't take, or is that normal?
Time for a follow up: Gum graft surgery can reduce the amount of recession and lessen the chance that gums will receed further in the future, but there is no guarantee that it will entirely eliminate what was already present. If you are not sure what you are seeing, schedule a follow up with the dentist or periodontist who did the procedure for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Inflammation: Controlled inflammation is a normal and necessary process of healing. Wound healing required vasodilation of blood vessel and neovascular genesis to activate chemotaxis of the inflammatory cells. Inflammation is considered as a primary mechanism of innate immunity, referred to as the nonspecific immune system or the first line of defense. It is considered noral within the first two weeks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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